Woman accused of giving Evan Ebel gun faces federal charges

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY -- The woman accused of giving Evan Ebel, the suspect in the murder investigation of DOC director Tom Clements, is facing federal charges according to attorneys in the case.

Vigil was arrested Friday morning by ATF agents during her court appearance.

Prosecutors from Arapahoe County withdrew state charges against the 22-year-old after federal charges were filed on Wednesday, according to reports.

According to the indictment, Vigil knowingly disposed of and transferred a firearm to Ebel, knowing that he had been convicted of a crime.

Vigil will be advised of the federal charges pending against her in federal court at 2 p.m. Friday.

If convicted, Vigil could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Vigil has been accused of buying the 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun that was found when Ebel, 28, was fatally shot by deputies after a high-speed chase and shootout in Texas last week.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigations said Vigil bought the gun from High Plains Arms, a licensed dealer, on South Broadway in Englewood and then provided it to Ebel.

The owner of High Plains Arms confirmed a gun was sold to Vigil but refused to comment further.

Ebel was a felon and could not legally buy a gun himself. Vigil has no criminal history.

Ebel is accused of killing Clements and pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon.

Investigators believe Leon was killed so Ebel could use his Dominos uniform to pose as a delivery driver at Clements Monument home.

Ebel rang the doorbell to Clements home and when Clements answered, investigators say Ebel shot and killed him.

Ebel then fled to Texas, where he ended up leading police on a violent high-speed chase and shootout last Thursday.  Ebel died in the crash and gunfire.

Ballistics evidence links the 9mm to both the Clements and Leon’s shooting. Texas authorities also found a pizza uniform and delivery box in Ebel’s car after the shootout.  Ebel also had handwritten directions to the prison chief’s house in his car.

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